Department of Psychiatry

Saleem Haniff

Social Media & Mental Health & Well-Being — 11:30am-12:30pm @ Committee’s Room –

Saleem was born, raised and still lives in Scarborough, and studied social work at Ryerson and UofT. He has worked with children, youth and their families in a variety of contexts across the province which include: youth and adult shelters, youth justice, mentoring, school based violence prevention, walk-in and community based counseling/therapy, developmental services, and behaviour resource support. Saleem is currently a Mental Health Lead at the Toronto District School Board with a mandate to support and enhance the mental health and well-being of all students.

In his work with well-being Saleem has developed an interest in the intersection of equity, youth engagement, and technology in relation to student well-being. Including various media appearances speaking about the well-being of children and youth in Canada, Saleem was also the executive producer of the youth-led documentary “Voices Over Violence”, which underlines his professional commitment to work with children, youth and their allies to help them live well on their way to reaching their personal best. Saleem finds inspiration from his wife and mother’s positive mentality, and their ability to find strength in difficult times; and from his father, who says: “Knowledge isn’t power, until you act on what you know.” ~ Mohamad Haniff